Journalism & Mass Communications, MA (Media Studies)

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

The Media Studies specialization within the Master of Journalism and Mass Communications is designed for those seeking theoretical knowledge in journalism and mass communications. Students in this specialization will learn how to conduct scholarly research in preparation for an academic career. You can personalize the program to meet your individual needs and areas of interest including print, broadcast, digital journalism, advertising or public relations.

The master’s degree enhances professional knowledge, skills, and leadership in journalism and mass communications. Interdisciplinary curriculum combines up-to-date knowledge with practical application and individualized experience. In some courses, real-time interaction betweencampus and distance students provides a unique perspective on media coveragefrom around the globe. A thesis is required in this specialization.

The Media Studies specialization is one of three specializations offered within the Master of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication online program. Upon completion of the program the specialization will appear on your diploma and transcript indicating specific expertise in this area. 

Valerie Jones
Assistant Professor

With a passion for helping clients build brands and connect with consumers, Valerie Jones brings a breadth of experience to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Students gain invaluable insight from a media professional who has developed award-winning multi-million dollar communication plans for international companies.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Degree in journalism and mass communications or related area from an accredited institution

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    State your goals and objectives

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. Portfolio of work

  8. Resume

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
February 1
Spring Semester
September 1

Under this option a student earns a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, consisting of 24 semester hours of regular coursework and a six credit hour thesis. Eight credit hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 level or lower counterparts).

At least one-half of the required work, including thesis, must be taken in the major (JGRD). The remaining coursework may be in supporting courses and/or a minor (minors consist of at least nine semester hours). The minor may be in an area outside the College of Journalism. 

Program of Study

  • Core Courses - 9 credit hours
  • Thesis - 6 credit hours
  • Electives - 15 credit hours

Within the core courses, students may choose from:

  •  JGRD 954  Mass Media & Government, OR 
  • JGRD 809 Media Law Seminar, OR 
  • JOUR Government Controls of Information

Elective courses enable students to pursue specialized areas of interest and customize their program. Choose from graduate level courses in the areas of:

  • Advertising & Public Relations (ADPR)
  • Broadcasting (BRDC)
  • Journalism Graduate Courses (JGRD)
  • Journalism-Core (JOUR)
  • Journalism-New Core (JOMC)

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
JGRD 809Media Law Seminar3

Course Number: JGRD 809

Reading, discussion and research on current issues in mass media law or theoretical bases for freedom of expression. (Open to graduate students only.)

JGRD 899Thesis6

Course Number: JGRD 899

Prereqs: Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser (Open to graduate students only.)

JGRD 915Mass Media Theory3

Course Number: JGRD 915

Process and effects of mass communication. (Open to graduate students only.)

JGRD 919Mass Media Research3

Course Number: JGRD 919

Research concepts and procedures with emphasis on methodology and research techniques in mass communication. Development of competency in consumption and interpretation of research combined with an introduction to research design, analysis and decision making. (Open to graduate students only.)

JGRD 954Mass Media & Government3

Course Number: JGRD 954

Process and effects of regulatory information control procedures of federal, state, and local government. (Open to graduate students only.)

JOUR 414/814Government Controls of Informaiton3

Course Number: JOUR 414/814

Laws, regulations, and practices by which federal, state, and local government enhance or retard access to information about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $609.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $661.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1827.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1983.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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